A seven day trial ended March 23 with a Loudoun County jury finding Diamante Travon Ellis, 24, guilty of felony homicide, child abuse and neglect in the 2014 death of his nine-month-old daughter.
Ellis and his grandfather took his daughter to INOVA Loudoun Hospital’s Cornwall Campus on October 2, 2014, where she was unresponsive and airlifted to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
A representative from the Children’s National Medical Center contacted Loudoun County Child Protective Services based on suspicious injuries to the baby, Heather Williamson of the Loudoun Commonwealth Attorney’s Office said.
The child was removed from life support three days layer and an autopsy by the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner found the cause of death to be blunt impact head trauma with subdural hemorrhage.
During the trial, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Donald P. Goodman III and Eric M. Shamis presented a recorded interview between Ellis and Leesburg Police Department detectives, and witness testimony including scientific and medical experts, Williamson said.
The jury deliberated for approximately three hours before returning a sentence of eight years in prison for felony homicide and five years for child abuse and neglect. The case will be back in Circuit Court again on May 31 where Judge Jeanette Irby will preside over the final sentencing hearing. Irby also presided over the trial.